Labrador on Boehner: 'He is a Better Speaker Today Than He Was Last Year'

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One day after a spokesman for Idaho Republican Rep. Raul Laborador said his office wouldn't comment on why the congressman wouldn't be attending the Friday, June 21, north Idaho fundraiser featuring U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, Labrador said he was skipping the event in lieu of some family-time.

Friday's private event, which will be held in Idaho's panhandle, part of Labrador's 1st congressional district, is actually a fundraiser for Washington Republican Rep. Cathy McMoris Rodgers.

Rodgers voted for Boehner when he ran for House speaker in January. Labrador was one of 12 GOP House members who refused to vote. Additionally, Labrador stepped away from the so called "Group of 8," a U.S. House bipartisan coalition supporting the currently-debated immigration reform bill, which Boehner supports.

But Labrador told the Coeur d'Alene Press that everything is fine between him and the Speaker.

"Since that event, we have had a wonderful relationship," Labrador told the Press. "I believe my actions have made him stronger. He is a better speaker today than he was last year."

Labrador insisted that he was invited to the fundraiser but was leaning toward spending time with his family instead.

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